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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 22, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 51°F (10°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.37
Course Score: 99.37

Race Size

2016: 3,709 Finishers
2015: 3,754 Finishers
2014: 3,967 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 11%
2015: 17.2%
2014: 16.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Toronto Waterfront Marathon course is mostly flat and fast and the typical race day weather is close to ideal for marathon running. The race presents very good opportunities for PRs and BQs.


Marathon Rankings

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was the 2nd largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 2nd largest in 2014.

This year 11% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 17.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon the 12th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 25th highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 99.37 ranks it as the 10th fastest marathon course in Canada and the 4th fastest course in Ontario.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon a PR Score of 99.37. This PR Score ranks it as the 10th fastest marathon in Canada and the 4th fastest in Ontario.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 379 feet (115m)
Min Elevation: 245 feet (74m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

4.8 Stars from 4 Reviews



review of 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Beautiful city, excellent organization. Unfortunately the weather was warm and very humid on race day and that made it impossible to race well.

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Fast course, well organized and lots of drink stations. A fast elite field and an interesting course through many big city neighbourhoods. Not much bad to say, really.

Race Tips

This course is advertised as flat, but it really has quite a few long long gentle slopes. Also you change direction frequently, which can be a good thing if you're running into a headwind. The half marathon participants start at the same time, so it's best not to get caught up in their faster pace off the start. The final 2 km is fantastic, big crowds and you're right downtown in Toronto.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

You can get a discount if you book through the race website, but downtown Toronto hotels are very very expensive. Very few amenities and a hefty price tag. Instead find an Airbnb apartment or share a room with a couple of other runners to split costs.

Transportation is very easy, with lots of shuttle buses to the expo and start line area. Also public transit in Toronto is cheap and easy, plus taxis and Uber. No problem getting around!



review of 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Very well organized. I wish My family could have bee accessible right at the finish instead of having to walk a long distance to meet them. The crowd support was really good. The metal was really nice. The tech t-shirt was a profit fit and so comfortable but I'm not really a fan of black.

Race Tips

It's a great race. Enjoy it.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I live local so I don't have any concerns.



review of 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great race through many diverse neighbourhoods. Very well organized and run. Just received IAAF gold standard - only 4th such race in North America, along with Boston, Chicago and New York.

Race Tips

There are several sections of the course that run roads with streetcar tracks that runners must watch carefully for.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 4:21:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.